A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Barefoot World Atlas is an educational app that gives children an interactive look at animals, indigenous people, and other topics of interest around the world. By spinning, pinching, and zooming, kids can find something that interests them and learn more about it through descriptions and photos. Among those is winemaking, although the app does not promote drinking.
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What's it about?
Children explore the globe by spinning and pinching to zoom in on objects of interest. By touching icons, they're able to access short descriptions, which they can read themselves or have read to them by BBC presenter Nick Crane. Most objects also include photos. Selecting country flags will show current conditions in that country, including time, distance (if you enable location-finding), and current weather. Barefoot World Atlas also has a sizable soundtrack that changes to appropriate music as you focus on different parts of the world.
Is it any good?
Barefoot World Atlas makes learning fun, with a thorough selection of interesting objects and real-time information that's applicable to the real world instead of a dry factoid (such as current weather and time, along with carbon footprints, of capital cities). The music is a nice background and the calm narration by BBC presenter Nick Crane is well done.
One annoyance: Some of the objects don't seem like they're in the logical place on the globe. Still, that's a minor annoyance. Curious kids will enjoy Barefoot World Atlas.
Talk to your kids about ...
Encourage further research on items of interest at the local library or cultural fairs.
Track the weather or currency rate in another country, to show how things change in other lands.
Try out some of the activities shown, or visit the local zoo to see the animals the app discusses.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: animals, geology, plants
Social Studies: cultural understanding, geography, global awareness
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: March 15, 2012
- Category: Reference
- Size: 1597.44 MB
- Publisher: Touch Press
- Version: 1.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later